~Pro's And Con's Of Feathered Feet~

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by TheChiggens, Nov 21, 2019.

  1. TheChiggens

    TheChiggens The Cluckmazing Factor

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    What are some Pro/Cons of feathered feet breeds? Let's make this a bit of a chat!


    I know myself that feathered feet are pron for getting soiled very quickly witch has turned me off slightly. Yet there are so many great FF breeds.

    What do peeps think?

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  2. FortCluck

    FortCluck Free Ranging

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    I have Cochins...

    I honestly see no purpose in feathered feet other than for looks. Feathered feet look amazing until they get muddy. I live in an area that has red clay so you can imagine what happens when it rains and you have a White Cochin.

    I'm not sure if the feathers provide any type of benefit to the chicken like keeping their legs warmer because my chicken can't talk :gig

    My Cochins seem like they have a harder time in the summer and that's probably due to the over-abundance of feathers that they have.
     
  3. TheChiggens

    TheChiggens The Cluckmazing Factor

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    A very good point! I found this with a Buff Brahma one time.
     
  4. FortCluck

    FortCluck Free Ranging

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    Here's Chicken Little my white Cochin. Her feathers are permanently stained by red clay! This was the day I was taming my cockerels by using scratch.

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    FortCluck Free Ranging

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    I've washed her feet and everything! It's hopeless. My black Cochin looks amazing though. I made a note to myself to never have another white chicken with feathered feet!
     
  6. Brahmachicken240

    Brahmachicken240 Crossing the Road

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    I raise Brahmas.
    I free range mine so they don’t get their foot feathers dirty too often. only when the pen around their coop gets muddy after a lot of rain.
    I usually scatter straw and leaves around the pen to keep their feet off the mud.
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  7. FortCluck

    FortCluck Free Ranging

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    This is my free range area... My chickens have a free range fenced in enclosure, it's to keep out dogs and cats that aren't mine. It's winter right now so there is no grass, but usually this is all green in the warmer months.

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  8. Chickassan

    Chickassan Wattle Fondler

    Only one true con, in winter featherd feet hold moisture so are more prone to frostbite.
    Pro, it looks fancy like streamers on a bicycle or sprinkles on a doughnut.:p
     
  9. FortCluck

    FortCluck Free Ranging

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    I have fancy chickens. Oohhh lala :lau
     
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  10. TheChiggens

    TheChiggens The Cluckmazing Factor

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    Ya I wondered if that was the reason.
     
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